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Criterion in May 2017: GHOST WORLD, Scorsese's World Cinema Project and More

It's all about the world in May for the Criterion Collection. The company announced their lineup for the month and two titles jumped out at me. Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World is a movie I watched on multiple occasions years ago,...

Berlinale 2017 Review: A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Sebastián Lelio's Masterpiece of Micro-Aggressions

Last year, Álex Anwandter's Chilean LGBT drama You'll Never Be Alone was one of the films that lit up Berlinale's programme from the heart of Panorama (read the review). And since then, Pablo Larraín has cemented his respected standing with...

Rotterdam 2017 Review: Social Satire A DECENT WOMAN Conjures Up Anarchism From A Nudistic Swinger Club

A Decent Woman marries European formalism to Latin American temperament in a social satire embracing anarchism and clothes-optional policy

MADRE Trailer Brings Dark Thrills To SXSW

The main narrative section of the upcoming SXSW Film Festival is getting a burst of genre edginess with writer-director Aaron Burns' Madre. The first feature to come from producer Nicolas Lopez's new Purgatorio genre label this one paints a picture...

Death Comes On Two Wheels. Watch The Promo For Brazilian Biker-Killer Film MOTORRAD

The (off)road movie take a very dark turn in the upcoming Motorrad, an action packed horror film currently in production from director Vicente Amorim - helmer of 2008 Viggo Mortensen starrer Good - based on the work of popular comic...

Review: WE ARE THE FLESH, A Paean to Liberty, Designed as a Fairy-tale for Adults

Emiliano Rocha Minter, a 26-year-old budding filmmaker from Mexico, emerged with his feature debut at International Film Festival Rotterdam early in 2016, finished only a couple of days before landing in Netherlands. It wasn't his first visit to Rotterdam, though....

Ten Best Chilean Films of 2016

What a weird year it's been for Chilean cinema. If anything, it was a demonstration that the work critics do can sometimes weigh on the decisions that Hollywood makes. None of the films directed by Pablo Larraín (No, Post Mortem)...

Rock Out In The Trailer For AVENIDA LARCO

Now that 2017 is up and running, all Peruvian films set for release this year are already starting their promo campaigns; one of the biggest ones will probably be Avenida Larco. Based on a successful stage musical, which had two...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

Watch EL CUCO: PORTRAIT OF A BOOGEYMAN, The Challenges Facing a Mythical Creature in The Modern Age

It must be hard to be a mythical creature. With so much going on in our daily lives serving as a distraction. How do you even compete? You try to adapt to the modern ways but even then that can...

The End Is The Beginning In Costa Rican Romance AMOR VIAJERO

Best known in these parts for his early genre films El Sanatorio and El Fin, writer-director Miguel Gomez has emerged as the leading hit maker in his native Costa Rica. Gomez has been skipping through genres and approaches throughout his...

Watch The Trailer For Brazilian Indie Musical AMARE

Pitched as a Brazilian answer to Once with a bit of a scifi twist, MM Izidoro's Amare looks to be something compellingly unusual. Shot entirely on an iPhone on the most micro of micro-budgets Amare looks to shake off its...

Review: NERUDA, Playful, Poetic Filmmaking

Treading boundaries of reality in a free form that is unquestionably cinematic, director Pablo Larrain achieves something very special with Neruda. It's a beautifully crafted film that feels completely effortless and airy. It is clever, playful and fluid yet not too showy, emotionally resonant yet not corny. It's a political treatise, yet it doesn't take itself too seriously. But it doesn't make light of the persecution and people's suffering either. Neruda is a great achievement in the cinematic art form.

O RASTRO Trailer: Creepy Horror From Brazil

Atmosphere is everything in the first trailer for O Rastro (English title: The Trace We Leave Behind). Director J.C. Feyer establishes a creepy tone and a story that doesn't entirely reveal itself, not least because I don't speak Portuguese and...

WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND: First Production Stills From Argentinian Horror Flick

The Onetti brothers (Nico and Luciano) are at it again. The producer and director of Francesca and Sonno Profondo are hard at work on their next film, What the Waters Left Behind, and it would appear that they are diverting...

Blu-ray Review: You Will Never Want THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL to End

Luis Buñuel's El Angel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) is one of the greatest works of cinematic surrealism of the '60s. Even as Buñuel's profile rose later in the decade with films like Belle de jour, and then on into the...

ScreenAnarchy Exclusive: Your First Look at MEXICO BARBARO II

Hold on to your butts, World. The multi-hyphenite talent, an all around nice guy for the sick fuck that he is, Lex Ortega, is at it again. The Mexican filmmaker, musician and sound designer has gathered together another cadre of...

Review: SILENCE Demands Respect and Inspires Debate

An impressively devout expression of religious faith that seeks to answer some of mankind's most pressing questions, Silence demands respect and inspires debate, all while displaying the absolute command of master filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Now 74, Scorsese has reportedly desired...

Adventure Thriller LOS BUSCADORES on Its Way From 7 CAJAS Filmmakers

Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori startled the film world with their action thriller 7 Cajas (7 Boxes back in 2012, and they're ready to do it again with their long-awaited followup, Los Buscaderos (roughly translated as "The Searchers"). At...

7 Reasons Why the Valdivia Film Festival Is One Of the Most Important in Latin America

After the end of the Mar del Plata Film Festival last week in Argentina, I was left wondering which other festival could really come up and compete with the only A Class Festival of Latin America. No name came up...